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Douglas Darnowski

Associate Professor of Biology
Phone: (812) 941-2657
Office Location: LF 318
Secondary Location: LF 317 Lab

Academic Background

Doctorate:
Cornell University
Degree: Doctorate
University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Postdoctoral Fellow
Bachelors:
Yale University

Biography

My lab works on various aquatic and terrestrial carnivorous plants, both ones that are already recognized as such as ones that are being investigated as possible carnivores. This work includes the sundews, bladderworts, corkscrew plants, waterwheel plants, and Australian triggerplants with their resettable, explosively-fast pollination mechanism. We have looked at these plants at all levels from molecular to ecological in an effort to understand their physiology and developmental biology.

Professional Interests

Teaching
  • Introduction to Biology, L102
  • Plant Physiology, B370
  • Horticulture Plants, B375
  • Plant Growth and Development, B373
Research
  • Development of carnivorous aquatic bladderworts (Utricularia spp.) and waterwheel plants (Aldrovanda vesiculosa)
  • Carnivory in Australian triggerplants (Stylidium spp.)
  • Other new carnivorous and possibly carnivorous plants such as teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)

Publications

Journal Articles
Darnowski DW, Fritz S . "Prey preference in corkscrew plants Genlisea small crustaceans not protozoa." Journal of the International Carnivorous Plant Society 39. (2009). 114-116.
Koerber A, Moberly S, Darnowski DW. "Prey preference in two aquatic bladderworts." Journal of the International Carnivorous Plant Society 36. (2007). 57-61.
Books
Darnowski DW. Triggerplants. Dural, New South Wales, Australia: Rosenberg Publishers, Pty. Ltd., 2002

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